It´s almost two months since my previous post. The reason is that I simply wanted to stay away from many things for a while, this site including. The latter part of 2012 was great with a lot of good things happening in my life. The other side of coin was that I became involved in too much. I still seem to forget the ever tightening limits of strength which getting older means. Anyway, now it is again time to look forward and think also about how to develop this site.
Last year was the first year on this platform. Admin tool shows the number of unique visitors having been over 260.000! Thinking about over a quarter million readers is really bewildering. Just as astonishing is seeing how readers come from all over the world. Photography seems to be totally ignorant of borders, we all share it equally. Of course all this is possible only because so many other sites from every part of the world are linking to my site. I only wish I could read all those languages! Thank you to all my readers and everyone who is linking to my site!!!
So far I have not been thinking about having advertisement or other forms of revenue from my site because having the site is not expensive as such. Also I have not had any mission or definitive goals for this site. This has been a hobby which has simply evolved as it has. Also I have not wanted to have any commitments or other restrictions. While doing tests is very time consuming, it seems that there has been a need for what I have been doing and writing. So, like I wrote, I need to think about how to continue with my site.
The biggest disappointment while looking back is the state of my web portfolios. I have had not enough time to work on my images and develop my portfolios. This is will be changed. That´s one reason why I will turn down most work offers this year. I will do less lecturing, less anything, and concentrate mainly on my own photography.
It is customary to form best of lists at the end of year. For me, personally, the best new camera of 2012 was Olympus OM-D. At the beginning of last year I had various camera stuff, now I have got rid of Canon, Nikon and PhaseOne. I simply did not use any other cameras since OM-D came. Other than OM-D I would name Sony RX-1. I have yet to actually test it but what I have read and little seen is very convincing. Of lenses there is also one above all others, M.Zuiko 75mm f/1.8. One of the best among all tens of lenses I have ever used or owned. Software of the year must be Lightroom 4, however dull it may sound. Well, years and stuff comes and goes. Experiences and images are what stays.
So, with these thoughts, again a sincere thank you to every one who reads this and all others who have visited this site! You make this worth doing!